If and when should you re-do book reviews?
So, I’m not sure just how many of you noticed (though, you’d literally have to be blind not to notice) that my blog style changed… again. >.> I think this is something like the second or third time I’ve changed my blog style. And, naturally, when I change my blog style, I often change other things. I mean, it’s a good time to do so, right? Just change everything at once and then be snazzy and call it a re-boot or something. 😎
Well, one of those other random changes I made in the past was in regards to my book review style. You see, when I started my blog, MNBernard Books, uh… it wasn’t supposed to be about other peoples’ books. It was supposed to be about mah books. 😝 I made this blog to post my fiction and gain readers for when I became published. As such, I didn’t know a speck about reviewing books.
Of course, being the overly-organized, mildly-OCD person that I am, I decided to be SUPER technical when I did start reviewing books. I talked about the writing, the characters, the pacing, the points of view, the plot. And not just what I thought about them from an objective point of view. I legitimately tried to break them down into technical aspects from a subjective point of view.
God! I even wrote about which of the seven original plotlines the story fell into. That is what I mean by technical. What I’m really saying is that these reviews were bad. I don’t like to talk about them. I’ve been wanting to at least change the headers on them for MONTHS now, but like… I don’t even have new headers made for some of those old headers so… I can’t change them! And now they look awful and totally n00bish! Don’t believe me???
😱 (Example A: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard) 😱
Thankfully I have learned since them. Through countless, arduous, agonizing trial and error, I’ve learned to assess books from my point of view. I’ve learned to let go of my rigid structure a little bit [only a little bit because I’m still too organized for this new-age free-range shit] and focused more on things that stuck out to me about the book. When I did this, writing book reviews became SOOOO much easier. I was no longer forcing them. (Well, unless I liked the book, which is just hard to write about in general because all I ever want to say is: “I liked all of it. You should read it. And you should read it. And you should-Nope! Stop asking questions. Just buy the damn book already!”)
And the best part is that these more loosely structured reviews…
allow me to RANT!
Well, anyway, now that I’m a total BAMF at writing book reviews, (😜) I’m wondering if I should go back and re-write some of my earlier book reviews. For one, the review style would be WAY different. I’d discuss very different things, more important things honestly than the writing style every single time.
But at the same time, I’ve read more books compared to when I started (obviously. Hahaha!) What I mean is, I’m more well-read than I was when I started reviewing books. What if my opinion of them has changed? What if I only liked those first few books because I hadn’t read 100 other books to compare them to? What I just have WAY different things to say now and no one will ever know because I never re-did my review?!?!
But what do you think?
Have you/would you re-write book reviews?
Leave your thoughts in the comments!
And check out my discussion from last week: